A Leif Brush round up

Leif Brush (b1932)


After I posted the SoundViews: Source k7, on October 1st, I have been researching some of the participants to this 1990 project to see what had become of them. The most pleasant surprise was the discovery of Leif Brush abundant output. I’d like to push readers of this post towards some of his music available online.

Leif Brush is professor at Univ. of Minnesota, in Duluth, where he teaches Audible Sculpture. His work usually involves amplifying tiny natural sounds with sensors (especially the Wind ribbon) and to render them audible via computer processing. The results might then be aired as a composition or an outdoor installation. Those electronic sounds triggered by nature events (wind, rain, sun…), are extremely pleasant to listen to, not unlike an ambient ‘Rain Forest’ music, if I may quote the famous David Tudor sound installation. Three of Leif Brush’s full works are available online:

  • A good place to start (as I actually did) is the album he released on the dutch Earlabs netlabel, called ‘terraInstruments‘, 2004.
  • An other excellent release is 2005 ‘frleiftou‘, on the tiln netlabel, also run by Earlabs.
  • Then, on the ‘Kosmophone‘ page, you’ll find a dozen or so tracks produced for the Texas Biennial in Austin, March 2 – 30, 2005.

I can’t see a more apt introduction to Leif’s work than this fantastic video of an outdoor recording session.

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Leif Brush has had a strong web presence for a long time, but the very unusual layout of his pages requires quite a bit of researching before finding the info or link you’re looking for. I did the job for you and have been collecting a handful of tracks hidden inside Leif’s multifarious internet pages and sites, adding the SoundViews track for good measure and packaging them in a convenient .rar file.

01 Wind Ribboning (10:32)
02 Moon Orbit (5:32)
03 Breath Willows Rain (0:52)
04 Zürich (10:04)
05 Wind Ribbon Cycled (5:33)
06 Aspen Pair Whistlers (10:42)
07 WHISMcb (1:37)
08 Teleconstructs III [from SoundViews k7] (2:28)
09 TIS Touched Tone (0:48)

Total: 48:01


3 Responses to “A Leif Brush round up”

  1. 1 Karl December 20, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Thanks for the post, it has been very helpful. Especially the Leif Brush roundup. I also found the photos to be enjoyable. Keep up the good work.

  2. 2 continuo December 20, 2008 at 6:40 am

    You’re welcome. Hope you enjoy the new posts as well.

  3. 3 John Zimmerman February 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Here I am sitting in the lobby of a small motel in Durango, Colorado, enjoying an early morning [styrofoam] cup of tea when the ringtone “Leif Brush” drifts across the lobby. Brilliant!

    The young motel clerk who downloaded it from the internet had no idea …

    73 (best wishes) from a Morse operator

    John k4zi

    Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.
    Will Rogers

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